Gullah Studies institute

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Wed Jun 15 16:43:09 UTC 2005

Forwarded from Linguist-List,

Penn Center Gullah Studies Institute - Summer Cultural Program
St. Helena Island, South Carolina
17-Jul-2005 - 30-Jul-2005

The Penn Center Gullah Studies Institute is initiating a summer cultural
program designed for K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers and interested
individuals.  Courses will be offered in three areas: history, language,
music, and education. Workshops will feature Gullah in crafts and in the

At historic Penn Center in Beaufort County, SC, approximately 100
participants will immerse themselves in history, literature, creative
writing, visual art, music, drama and Sea Island crafts.

Institute partners: Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College,
Vermont;  South Carolina State University; and the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Classes will be held (and housing provided) on the Penn Center campus.
Theatre activites, museum and gallery visits and history trips to nearby
Charleston, Savannah and Columbia are included in the curriculum.

I. History and the Teaching of History
101 The Port Royal Experiment as a Model for Reconstruction
102 African Origins of the Gullah People
103 The Lowcountry and the Underground Railroad
104 The Lowcountry in the Civil Rights Movement (Penn Center was the
site for ML King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference.)
105 Documenting History through Photographs
106 Praise Houses and Churches

II. Language and the Teaching of Language
201 Gullah Oral Tradition
202 Southern African American Literature
203 Gullah Folk Tales
204 The Influence of the Gullah Culture on Writers
205 Gullah Storytelling as Narrative
206 A Study of the Gullah Language
207 Gullah Bible Translation Project
208 The Laura Towne Diary

III. Music
301 Ethnomusicology of the Sea Islands
302 Charleston Jazz Initiative

IV. Quality Education as a Civil Right
401 The Role of Pulic and Private Schools in the Commitment for Quality
402 Connecting Schools and Communities to organize for Educational Reform
403 The Impact of American Politics on Education
404 Gullah Studies in the Curriculum

V. Sea Island Workshops
501 The Techniques of Lowcountry Fold Artists
502 Making and Casting Nets
503 Indigo Dying and Batik Making
504 Unique Forms of African American Pottery in South Carolina
505 The Art of Glass Blowing
506 The Skill of Bateau
507 Sweetgrass Basket Making
508 Woodburning and Carving as Art
509 African Long-Stitch Quilting
510 Gullah Theatre Arts
511 Gullah Cinema
512 African Origins of American Dance
513 West African Folk Tales and Arts

For more information please contact Deloris Pringle at

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